Archive for September 5th, 2013

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A big-rig crashed into an overpass on Interstate 10 east of Los Angeles, shutting down the entire westbound side during evening rush hour.
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UPDATED: Weekend Traffic: Crowds expected for USC's first home game

Click to read about closures on Southern California roads and freeways, such as the closure of three street segments near USC on game night Saturday.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles said 46-year-old Jose Jesus Perez was arrested Thursday in Denton, Texas. He's expected to make his initial court appearance Friday.
They Might Be Giants.
With director Hoku Uchiyama, the band uses food as puppets in a video that recalls MTV's early days.
Her name is LO13-1. When she was found on Venice Beach in January she was underweight, extremely cold and had a hard time floating. She has now returned to the ocean a new turtle.
A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California.

Rim Fire: Hunter's illegal fire set off blaze near Yosemite

The U.S. Forest Service says a gigantic wildfire near Yosemite National Park began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape. See a map and KPCC's Fire Tracker here.
Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers

USC granted final control over LA Coliseum

Landlords of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have granted USC control over the historic arena for the next century.
The Angels Flight Railway, for the first

Downtown LA's Angels Flight derails; no injuries

An accident has stopped Angels Flight, the tiny funicular railway that goes up and down a hill in downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters assisted six people off the train.
G20 Leaders Meet In St. Petersburg For The Summit

Obama cancels Los Angeles trip to focus on Syria

The White House says President Barack Obama has canceled a trip to Los Angeles to focus on his administration's response to chemical weapons use in Syria.
Scully Press

Vin Scully to be grand marshal of 2014 Rose Parade

Vin Scully will usher in 2014 as grand marshal of the 125th Rose Parade, an honor the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster initially wasn't sure he would accept.
Long Beach Police Beating
Chief James McDonnell says it's too early to make any judgments about a man who was repeatedly struck by officers but promises an investigation.
Prisoner Hunger Strike

California inmates end hunger strike after 2 months

California officials say inmates have ended their nearly two-month hunger strike to protest the prison system's isolation policies.

Job growth cooled a bit in August, report signals

An employment survey shows 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls. The increase was less than July's estimated 198,000 gain.
President Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday in Stockholm. The president said the credibility of the international community, Congress and America is on the line with the response to

The Syria vote: a guide to the Congressional factions

When it comes to military action against Syria, members of Congress are divided by factions rather than party lines. Here's a rough breakdown.
Neighborhood Councils made up of individuals who live, work or own property in a neighborhood of L.A. that are certified and funded by the city to take on issues of importance to their community.

Blogs

student hand with ipad
As schools transition to the new Common Core curriculum, the state's top education official wants tests to be practice only.
Now that LAUSD is buying iPads for students, animal rights group PETA is offering the district a free app to simulate dissections instead of dissecting real animals.
Cost Of University Textbooks Rises To About $900 Per Year
Employees at four LA area school districts participated in a “massive scheme” to steal thousands of textbooks, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.
Microsoft Playa Vista Office Space
Microsoft is moving its Los Angeles offices out of downtown and onto 'Silicon Beach' with a new technology center in Playa Vista.
Second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a worksheet in an English-learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School in June, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget, California schools will receive an ad

Teachers: what would help you serve English learners?

The federal Department of Education wants to hear from teachers and administrators whose students are English learners on what help they need in educating that tough population.
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Congress returns to session next week, but with Syria and federal spending to contend with, lawmakers will have limited time to deal with immigration reform. This and more.
salute to the olympic games
Today is Thursday, Sept. 5 and headlines include USC's control of the Coliseum, a chat with LA County's new coroner, and an uncertain football future for LA.
Neighborhood Councils
More than a decade after the system was created, L.A. now has 95 Neighborhood Councils that weigh in on hyperlocal and citywide matters.

Programs

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for September 5, 2013

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: What plants do all night will surprise you

What plants do all night will surprise you

Why plants have a biological clock, too.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for September 5, 2013
Beach Battle

What to do along California's Highway 1

Summer technically ends on September 21st, so you definitely have enough time for one last road trip. If you're looking for places to go, may we recommend California's Highway 1?
Just Salad

Dinner Party Download: Net obsession, 'Just Salad' and more

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

Second HIV diagnosis refuels call for mandatory condoms in porn

Two adult film performers have allegedly tested positive for HIV in recent weeks. This news has fueled the push to mandate the use of condoms and other protective barriers on the set of porn productions.
SPAIN-THEME-EDUCATION

Why speaking Spanish can be tricky for politicians

With America's growing Latino voting bloc, more and more politicians are trying to speak Spanish with varying degrees of success.
Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

State of Affairs: Prison strike, political families and more

Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze
Pelican Bay State Prison.

California prison officials say inmate hunger strike is over

California prison authorities say inmates have ended a lengthy hunger strike. The strike began on July 8, and initially involved more than 30,000 inmates.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ROUEIDA MABARDI

How severe drought has worsened the conflict in Syria

There are many factors that led up to the unrest in Syria: political, religious, and maybe some environmental reasons, too.
Southern California Swelters Under Major Heat Wave

What's behind the latest humid SoCal heatwave?

In L.A. we've come to expect perfect weather all the time. So when we get a week like this one, with unbearable heat and East Coast-like humidity,we have to ask, "what gives?"
Most kids are back in class, and for many families, that means a new school. New friends and new teachers can be exciting, but the situation can also mean new conflicts.
IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

Apple and Samsung's war for the smartphone market

This year's battle for the smartphone market has begun. On Monday Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone, but it was Samsung that fired the first shot yesterday.
Calif County Secession

Northern California county hopes to become the State of Jefferson

Local officials in Siskiyou County in northern California are hoping to secede and create a whole new state: The State of Jefferson.

France: An unlikely ally for military action in Syria

President Francois Hollande says that French military troops, following recent action against an Islamic insurgency in Mali, are preparing to strike against Syria.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for September 5, 2013
Which city do you think has the worst drivers?
What do you think is the worst city for drivers in the country? How does driving in the U.S. compared to driving in another country?
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
The most important International Olympic Committee meeting in decades kicks off today in Buenos Aires. The IOC has a lot on its plate from picking a host city for the 2020 Games to choosing a new president and deciding which sport will make the cut to stay in the Olympic Games. The three competing host cities - Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul - all have challenges to overcome and there's no clear front runner. In addition to picking the host city - the IOC will also have to choose which lucky sport will become the 28th official addition to the Olympic Games.
US-ENTERTAINMENT-RIDDICK PREMIERE

Filmweek: Riddick, Salinger, Adore and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including Riddick, Salinger, Adore and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans
If legislation currently making its way through Sacramento gets the governor’s signature, it would put a stop to former professional athletes from the six major leagues (NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS) who spent their careers in other states from coming to California courts to collect workers compensation.
Could speed regulations help improve safety?
The European Union has denied rumors of European lawmakers implementing mandatory 70-mph speed limiter on cars. Speed limiters, also known as speed governors, have been considered to improve safety.
How are Southern California's coastal cities preparing for the possibility of such an earthquake?

Pretend that a tsunami is headed toward SoCal...now what?

An earthquake off the coast of Alaska would cause a tsunami large enough to cause major flooding in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000 people to evacuate coastal areas. That's according to an extensive simulation published Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Rayen Luna Solar, 27,  33-week pregnant,
With the increased use of in vitro fertilization methods to conceive, more couples increase their chances of getting pregnant with multiple embryos. Couples may end up with the unexpected challenge of twins or triplets or higher multiples. This challenge may be too much for some couples to handle financially or emotionally.
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California food stamp bill heads to Governor’s desk

A bill that aims to simplify eligibility for California's food stamp program passed the state Senate yesterday (WED), its final legislative hurdle before heading to the Governor’s desk.

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Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in almost 200 films including Cool Hand Luke, Godfather Part 2, Alien, Missouri Breaks, Pretty in Pink, Rango, and The Green Mile.

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